There was no pushing and shoving between Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa at the UFC 253 pre-fight press conference on Thursday, with both men choosing to remain respectful during the face-offs.
Adesanya and Costa came face-to-face prior to their staredown on Thursday at the UFC fighter hotel in Abu Dhabi and, similar to their exchange at the press conference, both fighters were respectful towards one another.
Check out the UFC 253 pre-fight staredowns below, courtesy of MMA Fighting.
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Adesanya vs. Costa poses an interesting clash of styles, with ‘The Last Stylebender’ known for his precision counter striking and ‘Borrachinha’ his pressure-fighting and forward momentum. Both men are also undefeated, which only adds further intrigue to the matchup.
Costa (13-0 MMA) is 5-0 in the UFC with a string of knockouts to his name while Adesanya, the reigning middleweight champ, is undefeated at 19-0 (8-0 UFC).
UFC 253: Adesanya vs. Costa is scheduled to take place this Saturday, Sept. 26 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.